PLANS have been submitted to demolish a former car hire business next to a historic pub and replace it with shops and holiday rentals.
Patricia Camping, of Camping’s Luxury Coaches, owner of the land at 47 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, wants to demolish the dilapidated structure and put in its place a four-storey apartment block comprising retail space and two holiday rentals.
The site, which sits next to the Grade II listed Prince Albert pub, has stood empty since car and van hire company Thrifty moved.
According to the planning documents, the ground floor would include an “entrance courtyard, a hall and an accessible bicycle room”.
Nine commercial units would also be created from the basement to the second floor and two vacation rentals on the third floor with a roof terrace.
The application’s planning statement stated that the proposed development would replace the ‘unattractive’ building which is ‘harmful’ to the area with a ‘contemporary’ building which will generate employment.
He said the proposed commercial and vacation rental uses would be “fully in keeping with the character of the surrounding area” and that the introduction of commercial premises and residential and vacation rentals would also “reduce noise and disturbances”. disruptions associated with existing operations associated with prior use”.
Applicants incorporated feedback gathered during a pre-application process into the design submission.
The planning statement read: ‘The building has no architectural value and detracts from the setting of the conservation area.
“The site is identified in the North Laine Conservation Area Study as particularly degrading the character of the existing building and detrimental to the setting of the conservation area and adjoining public house.
“The proposed project includes the demolition of the existing shed and the provision of a high quality contemporary replacement which also nods to the traditional design, vernacular and rhythm of the adjacent buildings through the spacing and the arrangement of the windows in addition to the mansard roof and the parapet wall which descends to follow the slope of the street.
“Overall, the proposed redevelopment would inject significant investment into the site, remove an existing detrimental building that has been identified for redevelopment for a number of years and provide a sympathetically designed replacement building.”